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ASPCA Arrests Queens Woman for Neglecting, Starving Yorkie

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 - 4:15pm
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Hershey, before receiving treatment at the ASPCA Animal Hospital

Today the ASPCA arrested Queens resident Grimilda Amil for allegedly neglecting and starving her three-year-old male Yorkshire terrier, who has been recovering under our care for nearly two months.

Amil brought her Yorkie, Hershey, to an ASPCA Mobile/Spay Neuter Clinic on June 27. Alarmed at Hershey’s condition, Clinic staff called our Humane Law Enforcement Agents, who quickly responded.

Amil relinquished ownership of Hershey to the ASPCA, and Agents transported the tiny dog to the ASPCA Animal Hospital.

There, veterinarians determined Hershey— whom they found to be emaciated, anemic and suffering from pressure sores—had been starved. At that time, Hershey weighed just 5.2 pounds. Today he weighs in at 10.1 pounds, a 94% increase!

Hershey is completing his recovery in a caring ASPCA foster home. When he’s ready, he’ll be made available for adoption.

Amil, 55, was charged with one count of misdemeanor animal cruelty. If convicted, she faces up to one year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine. She is due in Queens Criminal Court on October 4. 

If you suspect you’ve witnessed animal cruelty, please don’t hesitate to report it.

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Maria

This just makes me sick!!!! I cannot believe that any human being can be so cruel to do something sick like that! I hope she never ever is allowed to adopt or go anywhere near a pet again!!!! She makes me sick! I hope bad things come to her. She deserves the same done to her!!!!!!!

Teresa Cardenas

I hope this person gets the punishment she deserves by neglecting and starving a poor defenseless animal that depends on the love of its owner to take care of it.

Jamie Moulaison

Thanks to movie stars and celebs such as Paris Hilton , too many women are gettings little dogs for the wrong reasons! They are not fashion accessories for your wardrobe!!! To me it's almost a form of abuse as well when I see younger women or older carrying around these poor little dogs in their purses and bags... It's horrible! To buy or adopt a dog for any other reason than to give it LOVE & Companionship is wrong.Its something we shouldn't be seeing! Mabye this woman thought by getting herself a dog she would be like the celebs and stars she reads of in magazines... But I hope I'm wrong.Did Hershey get too big for her purse and that's why he was not fed!?! Did she figure in her morbid mind of hers by trimming his weight she could again carry him around like a doll!? I really would like to see this fad or whatever you want to call it END! I whole heartily agree with the person that suggested paying ASPCA money every month she had the little guy. I believe in Karma, and I wish someday this comes full circle for these types of people in some way or another. Animals are helpless and can't really say what they need, but it's our job to know if we choose to be their owners to care for them like we would like to be cared for. If I had to choose feeding myself or feeding my dogs, my dogs would eat Everytime .I don't know what I would do without their love... I know I could lose a few pounds lol.I'm very happy that the people at ASPCA recognized this little guys pain... You can see it in his face and eyes. Thank you ASPCA for your dedication and effort of rescue ,to put the smiles back on these animals faces. :)

patricia

The person about the Yorkie should be fined at least $5000and 18 months in jail. If we do not make the laws strick, this will continue. Animals give only happiness and love. They shld get that in return..

Sherry

I am so happy to see that so many other people believe like I do that animals deserve better than what most folks give them. That woman in Queens should be starved and put UNDER the jail! The poor Yorkie just wanted love, and I pray that he finally gets what he so richly deserves, this time around.

Mary Anne

This should be a felony and every time I get an email from the ASPCA or the Humane Society to email your Congressman about animal issues I do so. All animals need our help.

Mary Anne

This should be a felony and every time I get an email from the ASPCA or the Humane Society to email your Congressman about animal issues I do so. All animals need our help.

Prentise

We live in an extremely punish after-the-fact society; when anything goes wrong, we look for someone to blame and prosecute. All of this does nothing to prevent the behavior that we are punishing, costs taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars, and takes money that could be spent on education, adoption, spaying and neutering, etc.
Of course, if someone takes such bad care of her or his pet(s) and cannot or will not change, then the animals need to be removed; but how many of these "rescued" animals go on to better homes and lives?

I heard a local Humane Society adoption counselor once say that she would rather kill a dog than let him or her live tied up all the time -- I wondered, did she ever ask the dogs?

My neighbor has a dog that spends almost his entire life on a ten foot rope and cannot even walk in circles; once in a while he gets let off to walk around the yard -- he's not very happy, but he doesn't want to die, and he's happy sometimes, when they occasionally give him attention. I thought of reporting him to the shelter, but if they took him because of neglect, they would kill him (he is old and large), so I give him attention and talk to him, and he wiggles with joy.

If the shelter would help by encouraging these people to take better care of their dog instead of prosecuting them or taking him, I would report the situation.

It's like child abuse -- more money is spent on punishing parents and taking away their children than is spent on education, financial/nutritional support, and respite care.

HOW MUCH COULD A YORKIE EAT? I MEAN YOU COULD PROBABLY FEED HIM FOR A MONTH FOR UNDER $5.00. IF YOU CAN'T FEED HIM, GIVE HIM AWAY. MY PETS WILL EAT BEFORE ME. LOCK UP THIS WOMAN AND ANYBODY WHO NEGLECTS OR ABUSES THEIR PETS. WE NEED TO SEND A MESSAGE THIS WON'T BE TOLERATED.

zoe

The laws should be strict with punishment for people like her.
She starved the poor little thing, and may only spend 1year or $1,000.00 fine. These laws have to change as for her she should
be left to starve and let her feel what poor little Hershey felt.
Get well soon little Hershey you will find a loving home soon.

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